Board & Staff


Cordelia Delson, PresidentEx officio, The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts. Former chair, Astral Artists, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ian B. Wilcox, Vice President. Managing Partner, Cogitari Advisors, and former board member of Astral Artists.  

Mary McTernan, Secretary and development chair. Retired health care administrator. Past trustee, Williams College, Former trustee and current Leadership Co-chair, Valentine Foundation, Haverford, Pa.

Scott Kessler, Finance chair. President, H.W. Marston and Company, West Chester, Pa. Former General manager, The Pennsylvania Opera Theater.

John Alston, Founder and director, Chester Children’s Chorus. Former associate professor of music, Swarthmore College.

Greg Brown, ex officio.  Vice president for Finance and Administration and Treasurer, Swarthmore College. 

Maurice G. Eldridge, emeritus. Retired Vice president for college and community relations, Swarthmore College. Chair emeritus, The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts.

Deondre Jordan, '19. CCC alum, Chemistry Honors and Music double major Swarthmore College.

Carol Kroch, Managing director, Wealth and Philanthropic Planning, Wilmington Trust Company. Former senior counsel, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Philip H. Lebowitz, Partner at Duane Morris, LLP. Former president, Wallingford-Swarthmore Board of School Directors.  Practices primarily in the area of healthcare law and litigation.

Elizabeth Rubin, Secretary, national board, Transplant Recipients International Organization. Treasurer, local chapter, Transplant Recipients International Organization. Secretary, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. President, Board of Directors of the Pincus Fund for Hunger Relief.  Advisor to the Pincus Family Foundation. President, Board of Directors of the Community Arts Center of Wallingford, PA.

Karen Vesely, Retired investment industry professional specializing in non-profit organization and family wealth management. Board member, ChesPenn Health Services; Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc.; and Media Chamber Chorale. Former board trustee, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Frances Vilella-Velez, Consultant and attorney specializing in design, development and evaluation services for social policy, education, and non-profit initiatives.


John Alston, Founder and director. Doctorate in choral conducting, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Kirsten Halker-Kratz, Executive director. Former Manager of Executive Affairs, Settlement Music School and current Director of Music Ministries, Trinity Lutheran Church, Havertown. Joined chorus July 2012. Master of Music, Bowling Green State University.

Sean Tripline, Assistant music director.  Choir director, Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Philadelphia. Joined chorus December 2013.  B.A., West Chester University.

Elisa DeNofio, Administrative assistant. Former Human Resources assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library. Joined the staff in September 2005. B.A., Holy Family University.